Category Archives: Offensive Positions

NIU’s Empty Formation QB Power / Counter Combination Play

Northern Illinois has a pretty nifty offense. It seems to be all the rage these days. However, when you watch the film, the vast majority of the offense relies heavily on the old, reliable power blocking scheme. In this case, since they run QB power from an empty formation, they’re kicking out the end with the guard in this specific usage of the power scheme.

You may consider this a trap play, but it’s using the power blocking concept (specifically the “counter” play scheme, with the QB’s read acting as the “wrapper” typically filled by the fullback or pulling tackle).

They run a lot of QB power, and this article will focus on their combination QB power play with the jailbreak screen. Continue reading

Using the H-Back Pistol Offense to Manipulate the Defense

The “H-Back”. Talk about something most coaches as the small college, high school, and youth football levels decide to give up upon because they don’t “have that type of athlete”. Well, for those of us who aren’t pessimists, the H-Back Pistol Offense adds unique elements to manipulate the defense.

Let me start by addressing some of your concerns. Yes, you probably have an “H-Back” in your program. No, he’s not a 6’6″ tight end unless your New England in 2011. Let me also say you probably don’t have a QB of Tom Brady’s caliber either, but you probably still use a quarterback in some fashion or another. Don’t let that lame excuse force you to ignore this article. Okay, so rant over. You got to coach up all your players – use tight end drills like these to start.

The H-Back, or really any movement player with some running and/or pass catching and blocking ability, can add a whole new element to your offense. The H-Back does a number of things to manipulate the defense. First and foremost, he can move the offensive gaps around quickly and easily, forcing defenses to respond with some reaction. Continue reading

Choosing and Developing the Generation Y Spread Option Quarterback

Kurt Earl Post

This is a post by Coach Kurt Earl, offensive coordinator at Lincoln Christian School and publisher of Compete4Christ, a football blog. You can follow him on his Twitter Handle, KurtEarl14.

Coaching the Generation Y Spread Option Quarterback

We work in a rapidly changing profession. The generation of young men that fill our rosters, commonly referred to as Generation Y, perceives and engages in football very differently than we did or do. The most important player on the Generation Y football team — and in the evolution of the current game — is the spread option quarterback.

If we are going to effectively lead this generation to success on and off the field we have to be willing to change and grow while maintaining our core values and integrity. We have to understand our players and know how to relate to them, but we must never compromise what it means to be a man of maturity in the process. Continue reading

Creating Big Plays out of Two Tight End Formations

22 personnel. Often forgotten about with today’s spread offenses. Often relegated to the goal line or other short yardage situations, these heavy two tight end formations can create big plays.

See, there is a certain psychology that comes with two tight end formations these days, grounded in what I just spoke about, goal line and short yardage situations. Many defenders run fits change versus 22 personnel, so they need to pay extra attention to their alignment and assignment, just like they used to do versus trips formations!

Because these two tight end formations use exactly that, two tight ends, the defense must respect an extra gap. They might do this by using their own goalline set, or by removing a safety and adding a linebacker. Regardless, you force a pass responsibility defender to play in an unnatural position – either because he’s the best backup and he’s not naturally used to being on the field – or because he’s a safety and he’s near the line of scrimmage. Continue reading

Tight End Drills: Guide to Improve Their Skills

As with all hybrid positions, tight ends have a lot of responsibilities. Because of this, it often times requires an athletically talented player and a great teaching coach. However, if you design your offense well, you should be limiting the overall skills the tight end needs to know. This can drastically decrease the amount of tight end drills that a coach needs to run, and should over emphasize the skill development of the most commonly needed skills of the tight end.

There is some details on philosophy, and video of tight end drills from teams like Vanderbilt Continue reading

Hidden Secret of Offensive Line Blocking

There is one absolutely hidden and poorly coached aspect of offensive line blocking. So many coaches fail to coach it up, but they look for buzz words to try to get the kids to fix the problem. I’ve only run into one or two coaches who actually practice this critical aspect of offensive line blocking, and each one experiences tremendous success and never really has a problem with this issue.

Want to know the best part of that? One coaches youth football and one coaches college, so you know it’s applicable every where.

Now, this is run blocking specific. I detail it in my e-book, Developing a Physical and Aggressive Offensive Line, but it’s not found in many other places. So I’m going to give you a sneak peak right now, for free. Continue reading

Inside Zone Blocking: Simplify Your Running Game

Are you already feeling behind coaches? The season is a few weeks away for most high schools and colleges, and many teams running game is already behind. Well, if you’re ever in doubt when it comes to a good running scheme that will simplify both technique and mental workload, consider Inside Zone blocking.

Notice how I didn’t say Inside Zone. I said Inside Zone blocking. Why so specific? Because Inside Zone blocking can be used in any scheme, it is essentially dummy proof, and the rules are simple. While over-simplification can get you in trouble, inside zone blocking is a relatively safe concept if you’re kids are struggling with other inside running schemes. Continue reading